- Bachelor of Music, Violin Performance, DePaul University
- Master of Music, Violin Performance, Western Michigan University
A native of Boise, Idaho, Sophie received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from DePaul University in Chicago, studying under Prof. Janet Sung. She received her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Western Michigan University, where she was also the violin graduate assistant for Prof. Renata Knific. Her duties as a graduate assistant involved teaching non-performance undergrads, as well as giving make-up lessons and teaching the string class for music education majors.
Sophie is a part of the Battle Creek, Holland, and Southwest Symphony Orchestras, and is also the librarian for the Battle Creek Symphony. She performs in the pit orchestra for theatre productions at the Kalamazoo Civic, as well as for productions in Battle Creek, Lansing, and Chicago. Other freelance activities involve playing weddings and other social functions throughout the Southwest Michigan area. She has also volunteered at Kalamazoo Kids in Tune.
Sophie has participated in music festivals in Italy, Mexico, and throughout the United States. In Sun Valley, Idaho, she was selected to perform in a masterclass for Midori. The summer before moving to Chicago, she attended the Meadowmount School of Music in New York. During the summer she works for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, with the student workshop program. She is also an assistant librarian for the symphony.
Sophie enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. It satisfies her to see her students progress, and her most important goal is their enjoyment of the music.